Dennis Odhiambo racially abused in Egypt, threatens to return to Kenya

“We support you, we stand for you, we love you Dennis, we apologize on their behalf” These are the words that have been trending in Egypt after Harambee Stars player Dennis Odhiambo was reportedly racially abused by Algeria fans.

According to reports, Odhiambo was subjected to a strange and non-justified racist campaign from the fans of Algeria because of his distinctive form and he demanded to leave Egypt and return to his country. No report from the Football Kenya Federation has confirmed that he has returned to Kenya.

However, many have expressed their disgust with the act terming it unacceptable in this century. In a hashtag Odhiambo has received overwhelming support and have encouraged him not to leave Egypt.

Racism has been a stain on the soul of soccer for generations but a series of high-profile incidents in recent years has prompted calls for tougher action from football’s governing bodies to kick it out completely. In the past season, black players like Pierre-Emmerick Aubameyang suffered numerous case of racial abuse from white fans.

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And it is tantalizing that this kind of ugly act has found its roots in Africa. It is high time for the Confederation of African Football to take drastic measure to tackle this stain before it harms the unity that has always been seen in Africa.

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